Move over movies and TV, it’s music’s time in the spotlight.
Awards season continues with this Sunday’s 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and should you have any questions about when they show starts, how to tune in or who’s taking the stage to perform this year, you’ll be able to find the answer in our comprehensive GRAMMYs guide below.
Where to watch with ET: ETonline.com is kicking off our coverage at noon on Sunday for the pre-telecast winners, plus red carpet interviews with our very own Sophie Schillaci and Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. Tune into ET Live at 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT for our GRAMMYs pre-show and stick with us as we live blog the entire show, so you don’t miss a thing.
CBS’s official GRAMMYs red carpet, hosted by ET’s Nancy O’Dell, Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight, along with The Talk‘s Eve, starts at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT. Make sure to watch Entertainment Tonight on Monday, too, for all the moments you didn’t see on TV.
Who’s Hosting? Alicia Keys, herself a 15-time GRAMMY winner, will be master of ceremonies. “I feel so blessed to be able to be coming now, just in support of so many amazing people that are honored — especially so many women that are honored — and are going be celebrated that night,” Keys told ET.
Ahead of the big event, the 38-year-old singer shared on Instagram how she’s was preparing for her hosting duties, along with an uplifting message for those nominated and for those watching the GRAMMYs at home.
“This is how I start most of my mornings off — in grounding and gratitude and asking for clarity. Envisioning the day and putting light around it,” she captioned a photo of herself meditating. “Today more than ever I wanted to share the energy I prayed for and called for all of us to feel. So just know your day is surrounded by love, light and greatness!!! I called on it for all of us… Here’s to the best day of our lives so far!!”
Who’s Performing? Many of this year’s musical acts will be making their debut on the GRAMMYs stage, including Brandi Carlile, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay, H.E.R. and Shawn Mendes, along with fellow nominees Cardi B, Post Malone (with the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Janelle Monáe and Kacey Musgraves. Miley Cyrus was also tapped to perform, as was Diana Ross for a special 75th Diamond Diana birthday performance.
Three Song of the Year nominees, however, will not be performing. Childish Gambino, Drake and Kendrick Lamar were reportedly asked to take the stage, but declined. It’s still unclear if they’re attending the ceremony despite multiple nominations for each rapper.
Who’s Nominated? The Recording Academy expanded their biggest categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus Best New Artist) from five to eight nominees, which means there are a lot of nominated artists this year. Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight total nominations, followed by Drake with seven. Brandi Carlile, meanwhile, is the most nominated woman this year with six. See the full list of nominations here.
Who’s Sitting Next to Who? Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga, who worked together on “Shallow” will sit side by side, while Katy Perry will sit to Ronson’s right, and Ricky Martin on her right. Jennifer Lopez will be rubbing shoulders with Cardi B and Latin superstars J Balvin and Bad Bunny. BTS, meanwhile, will be right next to Camila Cabello. In front of the them will be Dolly Parton and Chris Stapleton.
Who’s Not Attending and Why? Bradley Cooper won’t be with Gaga on Sunday night, as he’ll instead be across the pond for the BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where A Star Is Born is nominated for Best Film, and he’s nominated for Best Director. Taylor Swift, who is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, will be in London filming the movie adaptation of Cats.
Ariana Grande, who is nominated for several awards, meanwhile, pulled out of the show earlier this week, after a disagreement with GRAMMYs producers over which song she would perform. The pop star slammed Ken Erlich on Twitter on Thursday for “lying” about the reasons she couldn’t make it (he said she “felt it was too late to pull something together”), accusing him of “stifling” her creativity and self-expression.
“I offered 3 different songs,” she explained, referencing reports that she pulled out after she wasn’t allowed to perform “7 Rings.” “It’s about collaboration. It’s about feeling supported. It’s about art and honesty. Not politics. Not doing favors or playing games. It’s just a game y’all.. and I’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me.”